The Run For The Whales 2010 was a success! Â It was well organized and well attended. Â The photo above shows many of the people there but there are more! Â My friend Ron said he read that there are about 700+ people who registered to run and or walk.
It was a fun day for me. Â For me, it was challenging but good.
About a month Ron asked me if I wanted to join the pod they are forming for Run For The Whales 2010. Â It’s the first time this year that the Pacific Whale Foundation included such category in the 5K Run. Â For those of you who have not heard about it, a POD is when 3 to 5 people run together. Â Most of the time they hold a rope, sometimes they are tied to it. Â It is also known as the centipede run.
Since it’s still a month away, I said yes and told Ron I would start running again to train for this. Â Well, I got busy and didn’t train, so you can guess what’s coming.
Last week, Cam called me to confirm my participation and to get my shirt size, I sort of panicked. Â I knew I did not train and was afraid that I would slow the pod down. I tried to bail out. Â I told Cam that if they have enough people to do the pod, count me out because I was afraid I’d slow them down. Â Ron called me that afternoon to assure me that we are doing this for fun. Â He also reminded me that we are doing it to send out the message “Help Keep Our Ocean Clean”. Â We will run the best we can but no pressure. Â He will set the pace of the pod according to my pace. Â Ron and some of our co-employees ran the Run For The Whales 2008 so he knows I can do it. Â What he didn’t know is how slow I did it. Â Anyway, to make this long story short, I committed to showing up at the race and running with the pod.
Guess what happened? Â at the day of the race, I did slow down the team. Â There were several times during the run that I had to ask the team to slow down and walk. Â It was not so bad at first, except when another pod passed us by. Nooooooo! Â And so we tried to pass them again. Â And we did. Â But then again, my lungs and feet failed me because as we were getting closer to the finish, they passed us again and I could not ran any faster than I was doing. Â In fact I had to ask my team to walk for a couple of minutes to give me a break. Â Yikes! Â my teammate were great and encouraging. I knew they could have passed the Â “Atomic Girlz” if it were not for me. Â They would have zoomed in the finnish lane sooner if it were not for my frequent request to slow down. Â Breeeaathe…. breathe … run…. I tried as hard as I can to pass Â the pod in front of us so we won’t have to keep looking at their cute behind with their tiny shorts marked Atomic.
Well, we finished the race. Â We did it! We even got Third Place! (Just don’t ask how many pods were there – LOL!) Below are some of the photos.